3D model of the Rotunda and Aedicule of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

A scanned and digitally re-created 3D model of the Rotunda and Aedicule of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in The Holy City, a virtual reality experience in the metaverse, an immersive world where people can connect via avatars.

Click and gape at the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel ceiling up close. Click again and join thousands of pilgrims praying and circling around the cube-shaped Kaaba at Islam’s most sacred site. Or strap on a headset and enter the holy city of Jerusalem.

Ramadan prayers on the plateau of the Dome of the Rock

This July 22, 2019 photo, taken from a video, gives a 360-degree view of Ramadan prayers on the plateau of the Dome of the Rock, which can be seen in The Holy City, a virtual reality experience in the metaverse.

Virtual tour of the Piazza Di Espagna in Rome

Villanova professor Frank Klassner uses the university’s CAVE facility to give students a virtual tour of the Piazza Di Espagna in Rome on Oct. 2, 2014.

A screen model of Jerusalem

A screen model of Jerusalem that has been scanned and digitally re-created in 3D to be used in the virtual reality experience The Holy City.


3D model of a mosaic depicting Christ's body being prepared after his death

A scanned and digitally re-created 3D model of a mosaic depicting Christ’s body being prepared after his death, set behind the Stone of Anointing, in The Holy City, a virtual reality experience in the metaverse.

Students at the University of Miami

Students at the University of Miami participate in a course titled Religion and Sacred Spaces in the Era of Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence on April 9, 2019.

Buddha statue created by Miami students

Students at the University of Miami created their own virtual sacred spaces. One team fashioned an island refuge where students, via their avatars, could silently contemplate a smiling, rotating Buddha statue.

Associated Press religion coverage receives support through the AP’s collaboration with The Conversation US, with funding from Lilly Endowment Inc.

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